Saturday, March 31, 2012

Currently craving

Mary Katrantzou Babelona bael-print dress
Mulberry Holiday Bayswater bag
Day Birger Saralane double bracelets
Charlotte Olympia Daryl shell suede shoes

My newest discovery- Matches Fashion online boutique.  Stocking the best international designer clothes, shoes and accessories I've certainly been a little tempted as I browsed through their range of cutting edge fashion pieces.

With prints being such a key trend this season this multi-tone print dress really caught my eye- such a stand out piece! Paired with these stunning coral-pink pumps, a high-voltage yellow tote and topped off with double cuffs it makes for a classic yet bold look that I love.

I love how Matches Fashion has dedicated pages to key SS12 key trends.  There is an entire section headed 'The it dresses', dedicated to playing dress ups in a statement dress- what more could a girl want.   Amazing prints and silhouettes from a number of designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Lauren to name a few.  Another section is headed 'Sweet Dreams' and is filled with pretty pastel and candy colour pieces- so sweet indeed.

My favorite section has to be 'Fancy Pants' - palazzo trousers, gorgeous prints, lace and silk- comfy pants galore!


     

  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Orange & pink

 
Shirt- Country Road
Pants- Saba

Matchy, matchy from head to toe!  I couldn't believe how well the my shirt and pants matched these Steve Madden two toned heels.  Add my chartreuse Saba bag, layers of gold jewellery and my very bright, colour block combo is complete!

These pics were taken after a relaxing day at the beach and in the pool.  I threw together this relaxed combo with a quick easy bun and just a bit of bronzer before a night out in Surfers Paradise where we found these incredible flood lights by the beach!  I couldn't resist a night photoshoot for something different.

     

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fancy pants

 
nekclace- Dotti
clutch- Colette
top- Mango

I'm sure you guys have been seeing these pants everywhere in the blogoshere, and I'm afraid I have indeed jumped on the wagon too.  Only the petite sizes were left when I ordered these recently, which means they come a little shorter in the leg, but I love this cropped length- especially with sky high heels!  Mind you if my dad saw me he would probably say "is the tide coming in?" Heh, heh! Dad jokes ; )

Delivery was amazingly quick, arriving safe and sound in only four business days.  The fabric is lovely and sturdy and I'm really happy with the quality of these pants.  Asos has a wide range of coats too and I know there is one in this very same print which is rather tempting!  

Now with Asos based in Australia returns are so easy, something that is very reassuring when purchasing online.

Soooo, you may have noticed that ADORABLE baby sitting in my lap there.... my husband and I caught up with some dear friends of ours and their 7 month old little girl, Alexis, last weekend.  After lunch we went for a walk and couldn't resist sitting amongst the bougainvillea flowers which matched my pants and shoes perfectly! Of course I couldn't resist another cuddle of the baby : )


     

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sienna Satchel

 
 
One of the trends I am loving at the moment is clashing prints! When this strapless floral Lulu and Rose dress from Glue Store arrived on my doorstep I immediately thought of my new floral Zara blazer.  The different size floral prints seem to work beautifully together and the key colours are very similar. OH, and the dress has pockets!!!

On another note, you have to admit this amazing mini Sienna Satchel from SABA really is the ultimate arm candy!  I fell head over heels for the chartreuse suede, but it also comes in ink and tan leather- such rich hues simply perfect for our Aussie Autumn.  Now the best bit... you can customise this satchel with different colours leather/chain straps and leather tassels for mix and match freedom.  I've added the chain strap to mine, plus a chartreuse tassel and an ink tassel. LOVE it!!

Check out this cute video on how you can mix and match here:



Buy it now; Love it forever!

     


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Peplum by Pilgrim

Heels- Zara

How elegant and feminine is this dress! I just love the shoulder bow detail as well as the fabulous peplum skirt- makes for such an amazing silhouette.  I must add that this dress is made and designed right here in Melbourne, Australia and is also available in black.  I added classic black pumps, gold accessories and red lippy for an elegant and feminine look.

Pilgrim has channeled old Hollywood glamour in designing a selection of cocktail hour worthy pieces- this dress being one of them.  Oozing luxury, structured styles in opulent fabrics ensure classic ladylike elegance.    You can view the entire range online at Pilgrim.

These pics are taken at the Docklands where I attended the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Runway 7 on Wednesday night.  As you can see there was the most spectacular sunset which made my golden dress glow! This was my very first fashion Australian fashion show EVER and I thought this cocktail dress would be just the thing!  Here's some pics of the show...

And finally, don't forget my giveaway to WIN your very own and very amazing Estilo Emporio LA Box Bag, just like mine above, from the lovely folk at In Her Shoes Boutique.  



     



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wish

  
  
Heels- Tony Bianco

How pretty is this dress from Wish, so feminine and such a flattering neckline- just the thing for a mild Melbourne evening when you feel like dressing a little fancy! 

In other news, I recently attended the launch of Panache Lingerie's latest collection and got to meet the lovely ladies from Panache and Hot House Media & Events over afternoon tea.  Panache has such an amazing range of swimwear, lingerie and sports bras, and with sizes AA- KK there is literally something for every gal!


And finally, don't forget my giveaway to WIN your very own and very amazing Estilo Emporio LA Box Bag, just like mine above, from the lovely folk at In Her Shoes Boutique.  

CLICK HERE to enter...



 
     

Saturday, March 10, 2012

GIVEAWAY- Estilo Emporio LA Box Bag

 Estilo Emporio LA Box Bag- thanks to In Her Shoes Boutique
Spiked bracelet- thanks to Beginning Boutique
Glasses- thanks to Proopticals
Jumper- thanks to She Inside
Boots- Nine West
Shirt- Sportsgirl
Jeans- Saba


This is insane BUT the fabulous, Melbourne based, online boutique In Her Shoes is offering one of you your very own and very luxe Estilo Emporio LA Box Bag, valued at $319!!!! 

When I received mine in the post I gasped "Oh wow".  It is simply SO unique, made of gorgeous buttery leather and of the highest quality.  Natural, tan and olive leather combinations with gold hardware make this a classic yet standout piece, and in terms of size, my DSLR camera fits perfectly with room for my purse, phone, keys and lippy! Perfect!!

In Her Shoes Boutique offer high quality fashionable shoes and accessories from predominately Australian designers as well as a few International brands making them accessible to the women of Australia.  They pride themselves on their diverse range of quality shoes and accessories from labels including Estilo Emporio, House of Harlow 1960, Nat-Sui, Mezi Jewellery, Low Luv by Erin Wassonand many more. 

To enter simply follow these three steps...


2. FOLLOW Michelle's Style File on Bloglovin' & LIKE this post here 
3. LEAVE your name and email in a comment below

For an extra entry:  
LIKE Michelle's Style File on Facebook here and leave an extra comment telling me you did this

The giveaway is only open to Australian residents and closes at 5pm AEST on 20 March 2012.  The winner will be drawn at random.  
Good luck!

In Her Shoes is also offering all my readers a special discount code- use "shoes" for 10% off!

This giveaway in now ENDED- Thank you



 
p.s. The winner will receive a brand new bag direct from In Her Shoes
     

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Next

I had to have a booty shot, or two ; )
Silk shirt- Country Road
Necklace- Colette
Heels- Zara

I was so excited when UK brand Next chose me as one of ten Aussie fashion bloggers to complete in a 'style off' against ten of Britain's best as part of the Next International Style Challenge- Brit's v the Aussies.  I received this fabulous red pencil skirt from the Next SS12 collection for my styling challenge, and who doesn't love a styling challenge! 

My style I would describe as feminine and classic with a modern twist.  I love a really polished look. The skirt, the shirt and the black pumps are all such classic shapes and styles; I added the modern twist and a bit of fun with the addition of the bright silk shirt, oversize leopard print clutch, gold hardware and of course a smile : )

Gooooo Aussies!!


     

Monday, March 5, 2012

February REwind

Can you believe it! Our Aussie Summer is now over and Autumn is upon us.  
I went for a walk this morning in Fitzroy Gardens and the yellow leaves were falling all around me SO beautiful! Autumn is one of my favourite seasons- crisp mornings and gorgeous days.


February has been a busy month-  my birthday (yippee), a new hair do, a mini getaway to Bright including an awesome bushwalk and a trip to the beach, we've had the Panche Lingerie Valentines Day giveaway and the Mezi jewellery Palmero cuff giveaway (257 entries!!), there has been a few events too, the launch of the the Steve Madden Bourke St Mall store,  the launch of Couturing and the launch of local designer Cathleen Jia's new collection.

March is set to be even busier!! Already I've been fortunate to attend the launch of the new Panache Lingerie range as well as the famous PeepToe Melbourne Warehouse sale.  I have three trips away scheduled this month, my husband and dad's birthdays, as well as L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion week.  I also have more fabulous GIVEAWAY'S lined up for you so be sure to stay tuned : )


Ooooo, nearly forgot to tell you...last week I got eyelash extensions thanks to Melbourne's amazing Miss EyelashIt has been so wonderful no longer bothering with eye makeup- Love them!!
Check it:

     

Saturday, March 3, 2012

PeepToe - Melbourne Warehouse Sale

My outfit- Wrapped Up Playsuit c/o Pilgrim Clothing and Zara Blazer

My picks! 
Miss Tapas in HOT ORANGE- $119 reduced from $279
Jason Brundson Carnival in GOLD- $129 reduced from $349
Miss Twirl in CARAMEL- $89 reduced from $199
Bags in every shape, size and colour... prices from $39.
Shoes glorious shoes!!! 
Oh, nearly forgot to mention the three layered cushioning system for amazing comfort.
The shoes below are all ONE OFF samples in sizes 37 & 38.
 Bling it up!!
Jewels from $10

Attention all Melbourne shoe addicts!

It’s that time again … the PeepToe Melbourne Warehouse Sale is on and here I am right amongst it!

There is such a great range of stilettos, pumps and open toes heels... high heels and low heels, ballet flats and boots... pop colours, block heels, soft suedes and rich textured leathers are all on offer!! All at insanely low prices.  I'm talking shoes from $49 (sizes 35-42), bags from $39 and stunning jewellery from $10.  I could hardly keep my hands on my camera and off the goods ; )  And yes I have just arrived home with three pairs of shoes under my arm, two bracelets and am not quite sure how I left without the black leather hold all pictured above : D

WHEN:
Saturday 3rd March 9am- 6pm
Sunday 4th March 10am- 4pm

WHERE:
ST KILDA TOWN HALL
Corner of Carlisle Street & Brighton Road, St Kilda VIC



Today, I was lucky enough to meet Sydney based designer Nikki Hager who launched PeepToe five years ago now- I found her and her beautiful mum in the middle of the shoes picking out their fav's!  PeepToe shoes and accessories are allllll handmade, with a focus on original, wearable and fabulous pieces.  Leathers are individually selected and custom dyed to get the best, most vibrant and exclusive colours.  “My shoes are made for fashion-savvy, sophisticated women who are not afraid to express their individuality,” says Nikki.

A huge thanks to Nikki, Montana and all the team at PeepToe for having me along for such a fun morning in shoe heaven!

 
p.s. PeepToe are also holding a Snap and Save competition to win a $300 voucher- more info HERE.